We keep hearing about how governments don’t appreciate their employees, so it’s always nice to hear stories that go against this notion.

Case in point: The government of Manitoba celebrated its first Nurse Practitioner Day last week. To commemorate the occasion, the ministers of health and of education and advanced learning announced that 30 newly funded nurse practitioner positions have been created within the province.

The province has also established a Nurse Practitioner Education Grant. Eligible students will receive a one-time grant of up to $10,000 in exchange for a year’s worth of service in a rural community.

The grant and the new positions, which will be introduced by 2015, are part of the province’s plan to ensure that all Manitobans have access to a family doctor and adequate health care.

“With their high level of training and skills, the role of nurse practitioners has expanded, taking pressures off the medical system and making the system more efficient overall,” said Erin Selby, Minister of Health, Manitoba.  “Today we acknowledge and celebrate the important contributions nurse practitioners and all nurses are making in our communities.”

Manitoba will now recognize Nurse Practitioner Day every year on Nov. 18.

Amy Allen
Amy Allen is a staff writer with Canadian Government Executive magazine. You can connect with her at amya@netgov.ca.